Hemp Moving To MRA

March 11, 2022

Because of recent regulation changes in Michigan with the MRA becoming the Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CRA), and parts of the industrial hemp regulation being moved from MDARD to the CRA, we have Andrew Brisbo, the Executive Director of the MRA on this week’s iHemp Hour to answer questions about those recent changes.

If you have questions you would like addressed by Director Brisbo, send them to info@ihempmichigan.com.

Director Brisbo was appointed by Governor Whitmer to lead Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) in April 2019. In addition to overseeing licensing and regulation for the medical and adult-use marijuana industries in Michigan, the MRA also runs the state’s medical marijuana registry card program. MRA’s mission is to establish Michigan as the national model for a regulatory program that stimulates business growth while preserving safe consumer access to marijuana. Andrew has worked in licensing and regulation with the State of Michigan since 2004, including with the Michigan Gaming Control Board, Department of State, and occupational and health professional licensing.

Andrew is also active in the Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA), a national organization of more than 40 US state and territorial regulatory agencies that provide policymakers and regulatory agencies with the resources to make informed decisions when considering how to approach the legalization and regulation of cannabis. He currently serves as CANNRA’s president, having been elected to the role in 2021.


This year’s Expo theme is “The Power of Hemp & Cannabis” and this year’s Expo will encompass all aspects of hemp and cannabis. On Friday May 20th, we will focus on business-to-business activities and education.

On Saturday, May 21st, the Expo hall opens with a free admission to the public as well as a variety of free educational content.

For more information about the Midwest iHemp Expo on May 20-21, 2022, you can visit the website at MidwestiHempExpo.com.

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